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Alleged Al Qaeda Sleeper Agent Ali al-Marri to Appear in Federal Court

An alleged al-Qaida sleeper agent will appear in federal court in Illinois next week for the first time.

Ali al-Marri will appear Monday before U.S. District Judge Michael M. Mihm, U.S. Attorney's office spokeswoman Sharon Paul said.

Al-Marri was detained at a military brig in South Carolina for almost six years after being declared an enemy combatant in 2003.

The government charged the former Bradley University student as a civilian. He appeared before a judge for the first time last week in South Carolina.

Once in Illinois, he'll face charges of providing material support to al-Qaida and conspiracy. Each carries a maximum 15-year sentence.

Paul said al-Marri has a hearing Wednesday in South Carolina. She didn't know when he'd be transferred to Illinois.